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February, 2014

Tess Landon

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Tara Todras-Whitehill

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Kate Brooks

Throughout Spring 2014, a team of Chicago based partners will be holding a series of events across the city looking at the current political situation and humanitarian crisis in Syria through the eyes of displaced and refugee civilians. Lectures, panels, symposia, and workshops will offer the perspectives of policymakers, academics, humanitarian workers, journalists, and students to broad audiences.

The series will conclude with an evening program featuring ART WORKS Projects’ Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys, a multi-media installation exploring the journey of the refugee. Many of the events will include images from Syria’s Children, a new photography exhibit produced by ART WORKS and featuring work by international photographers.

Information on The Syria Series will be updated on this page throughout the season with details on events, venues, and schedules. Please check back often for updates.

If you are a member of the media or would like to share additional events with the community, please email tlandon@artworksprojects.org

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THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

This print exhibition will feature the work of international photographers documenting the lives of displaced and refugee children who have been impacted by the events in Syria. Images taken by award-winning photojournalists explore the manner in which the conflict has impacted the youngest Syrians in terms of health, security, and education.

Featuring photography by: Lynsey AddarioKate Brooks, Bassam Khabieh, Javier ManzanoAyman Oghanna, and Tara Todras-Whitehill.

We are proud to announce the installation of a companion installation of photography by Leah Missbach Day
Welcome: Syria, 2003

625 AT 625 Series: The Children of Syria Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
6:25 PM (remarks begin promptly at 6:45)
625 N. Kingsbury
With remarks by Ian Hurd, Northwestern University and Shelly Pitterman, UNHCR
Hear a discussion of the topic with Jerome McDonnell, Ian Hurd, and Leslie Thomas on Worldview

Closing Reception and Event
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:25 PM (remarks begin promptly at 6:45)
625 N. Kingsbury
Including Wendy Pearlman, Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

The Children of Syria is generously supported in part by the Frankel Family Foundation

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STUDENT WORKSHOPS

Friday, February 21, 2014
Lincoln Park High School

Tess Landon, Director of Education and Outreach, ART WORKS Projects and Alexander Barna, Outreach Coordinator, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, showed images from The Children of Syria and spoke about the conflict in Syria with students in several Arabic classes.

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LESS THAN 3 MINUTES
A Discussion of Images and Pictures by Syrian Video Artist Khaled Abdul Wahled

Thursday, February 27, 2014
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Mr. Abdul Wahed will talk about the way in which images have been used by the official and unofficial media on both sides in the Syrian civil war. The talk will focus particular attention on the formative role that images have played in the conflict, sometimes surpassing the power of the real experiences themselves.

Hosted by The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT). For more information and to register, click HERE.

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THE SYRIA DILEMMA

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM
The Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren Street

Panel discussion featuring Nader Hashemi, Director, Center for Middle East Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Danny Postel, Associate Director, Center for Middle East Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, moderated by Nabeel Khoury, Senior Fellow, Middle East and National Security, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Featuring photographs from The Children of Syria.

Hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Middle East Forum. For more information and to register, click HERE.

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A GLOBAL VOICES AUTHOR NIGHT
THE SYRIA DILEMMA: A CRITICAL DIALOGUE

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM
International House, 1414 E. 59th Street
FREE and open to the public

What is to be done about the apparently intractable Syrian conflict? Three longtime writers and activists – Danny Postel, Bernardine Dohrn, and Afra Jalabi (two of them contributors to The Syria Dilemma) – will discuss the origins and contours of the Syrian conflict, the response of the US peace movement to the war, and recent international efforts in solidarity with the Syrian people.

Featuring:
Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Afra Jalabi, Vice-Chair of the Day After Project, member of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement
Bernardine Dohrn, Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law
Moderated by Orit Bashkin, Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Chicago

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SYRIA: SYMPOSIUM 

Monday, April 7, 2014
Loyola University Water Tower Campus, 25 E. Pearson, 15th Floor, Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center, Loyola University

This day-long symposium will look at the current crisis in Syria from a range of perspectives and disciplines. The symposium will conclude with an outdoor installation of photographic work and an accompanying reading. Free and open to the public.

WELCOME: Father Mark Bosco (Loyola)

INTRODUCTION: Dr. Mandy Terc (Northwestern)

KEYNOTE: 9:00-9:30
A Brief History of Syria
Zouhair Ghazzal (Loyola University)

MORNING I: 9:45-11:00
Panel Discussion: The Politics and History of Refugees
Moderator: Galya Ruffer (Northwestern)
Nabeel Khoury (CCGA)
Gunes Tezcur (Loyola University)
Samer Attar (Northwestern Medical)

MORNING II: 11:15-12:30
Panel Discussion: Intervention
Moderator: Dr. Mandy Terc
Dr. Zaher Sahloul
Tisha Rajendra (Loyola University)
Angela Wells (JRS, Rome)

LUNCH BREAK: 12:30-1:30

AFTERNOON I: 1:30-2:45
Panel Discussion: The Issues of Refugee Children
Moderator: Leslie Thomas, ART WORKS Projects
Katherine Kaufka Watts (Loyola University)
Diane Geraghty (Loyola University)
James Garbarino (Loyola University)
Lina Sergie Attar

AFTERNOON II: 3:00-4:15
Panel Discussion: Moving Forward with Refugee Support; Political Negotiation
Moderator: Father Mark Bosco
Dan Amick (Loyola University)
Scott Portman (Heartland Alliance)
Patrick Costanzo (Catholic Charities)
Grace Swanson (Loyola)
Jusoor Student Representatives (IIT)

EVENING PROGRAM:
Exhibition of The Children of Syria & Reception: 6:30-7:00
Reading by Riad Ismat (Northwestern University): 7:00-7:20
Conversation with Journalist/Photojournalist (TBD): 7:20-8:00
Outdoor projection of Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys: 8:00

Hosted by Loyola UniversityART WORKS Projects for Human Rights, and Northwestern University.

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STEERING COMMITTEE:

Alexander Barna, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago
Father Mark Bosco, Loyola University
Tess Landon, ART WORKS Projects
Ashley McCall, ART WORKS Projects
Galya Ruffer, Northwestern University
Mandy Terc, PhD, Syria Expert
Leslie Thomas, ART WORKS Projects
Angela Wells, Jesuit Refugee Service

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